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¤•••••Subject: Re: Fwd:

Received: 31 October 2019 at 12:53 JST


Dear Bill,

Thanks a lot for your concern the other day, and sorry for my delay in replying.


After the heavy rains by the Typhoon 19th the river 50m west of our place overflowed its banks, and our house, dental clinic as well were flooded 15cm above floor level. My family, dental staffs and I myself are all alright, all the dental treatment unit is intact, and my telescopes on the rooftop are safe! And we could have reopened our clinic from 16 October.


I am attaching some pictures FYR.



I am pleased to know that you have started assembling the Saheki-Mirrored reflector.


If you got your first light of the telescope, please let me know what you find (I am a telescopoholic as you know).


  Good Seeing with Excellent Telescopes!

  Reiichi KONNAI (Fukushima, JAPAN)




¤•••••Subject: Fwd:

Received: 31 October 2019 at 03:37 JST


Dear Tomoko, et al.,

   Jim Cole, of the Lowell staff, and I spent yesterday putting the telescope together.  We are in the hallway of the Putnam Collection Center, and in the background, behind Jim and the glass, you an see Percival Lowellfs globes of Mars from the early 1900s.

   I will send you another picture once we get the telescope completely assembled, and I plan on making some inaugural observations with it of the Moon soon.

   Meanwhile, Masatsugufs sketchbooks are in currently in deep freeze (to assure they will be best preserved).  I will begin to study and catalog them once they are out.


   With all good wishes, 


Bill SHEEHAN (Flagstaff, AZ)




¤•••••Subject: Saturn image (October 26th.)

Received: 28 October 2019 at 17:17 JST


Hi all,

Here is an image from October 26th. Some reasonable seeing.

The polar hexagon is nicely seen.


Best wishes,


Damian PEACH (Selsey, WS, the UK)





¤•••••Subject: Saturn, Oct 23 IR650

Received: 24 October 2019 at 18:20 JST


Hi all, here's an image of Saturn from last night in good seeing through a 650nm longpass filter.

The polar hexagon can be seen at top (north) and also a faint dark spot is visible below and left of the hex in between two of the darker northern bands.

 I've included a contrast-enhanced inset to show it more clearly.








¤•••••Subject: Re: Thank you

Received: 22 October 2019 at 03:17 JST


Dear Tomoko,
   I am sorry to hear that Reiichi Konnai had flooding of his house, and hope that he did not suffer significant damages.

   On Monday, I will be assembling the telescope at Lowell; I will send pictures!


   Best, Bill



On Oct 16, 2019, at 5:38 AM, m.tomoko wrote:

 Dear Bill,
 Thank you for your anxiety about  our damage of Typhoon No.19 to

Almost all of my friends were safe without Reiichi Konnai, who lives in the south of Fukushima prefecture and the river near his house flooded his house but luckily he and his family took shelter quickly so they were all right.

A lot of his friends and his relatives have helped him clean up his house.

I appreciate your kindness for my husband and Japanese Mars observers.


 Cordially yours





Bill SHEEHAN (Flagstaff, AZ)




¤•••••Subject: Dr. Mike Reynolds

Received: 17 October 2019 at 19:38 JST


Sad to inform CN that ALPO Board member and former ALPO Executive Director Mike Reynolds passed away late this afternoon (10/15/2019).  Mike was also our coordinator for both the the Eclipse Section and the Mercury and Venus Transits Section.  I hope to have more information concerning his passing and arrangements that will be made for him later this week.


Mike had an extraordinary knowledge and track record in his coverage of total solar eclipses.  He was a highly respected colleague, a very good friend, and he will be greatly missed.  More information about Mike and his life will appear in an upcoming issue on the ALPO Journal.


Jeff BEISH (Lake Placid, FL)




¤•••••Subject: Neptune & Triton 2019.10.10

Received: 16 October 2019 at 13:52 JST



Neptune and Triton under correct conditions, with maybe a spot in the Southern hemisphere - not confirmed on other images:

Steady skies,


Marc DELCROIX (Tournefeuille, FRANCE)




¤•••••Subject: Saturn & satellites 2019.10.10

Received: 16 October 2019 at 06:35 JST



Under average conditions, Saturn and five of its satellites:


Steady skies!


Marc DELCROIX (Tournefeuille, FRANCE)




¤•••••Subject: Re

Received: 15 October 2019 at 02:30 JST


Dear Tomoko and Murakami,

  I hope you were not affected by the typhoon.  I would think youfre on the west side of Japan enough to be out of the way.
  Regarding the notebooks, yes, the plans are to eventually digitize them and make them available to researchers, though I am not sure when that will be done. I was discussing with Richard McKim, the long-time BAA Mars Section Director and, like Masatsugu, a very keen student of Martian dust storms.  We agreed that probably Masatsugu is the most prolific visual observer of Mars of all time, and that his 10,000 sketches will long remain the record (perhaps forever!). 

   I had not realized his connection with the great Yukawa.  Masatsugu, though, was always very modest and always downplayed his own importance. 

   I miss him every night the red planet shines.

   Best, Bill



 On Oct 14, 2019, at 7:36 AM,@ Tomoko wrote:


 Dear Bill

 I am relieved to hear that Masatsugu's sketch books, the reflector, the astronomical telescope and the wooden tripod, all have arrived safely.
 I deeply appriciate your kindness once more. Thanks to your proposal, my husbandfs work for more than 60 years became accessible to many observers.
 I hope his sketch books will be digitalized and be open to reserchers all over the world in the future.
 Yours sincerely



Bill SHEEHAN (Flagstaff, AZ)




¤•••••Subject: Fwd: The Asahi Shimbun) The English version of the article

Received: 14 October 2019 at 03:10 JST


English version of article on Minamifs work—may be of interest.


Begin forwarded message:


From: Asako Hanafusa

Subject: The Asahi Shimbun) The English version of the article

Date: October 13, 2019 at 11:02:05 AM MST

To: William SHEEHAN


Hello William,


Thank you so much again for your cooperation the other day for our article about Minami.

We finally published the English version of the article. The following is the link.


Hope you're having a good week!


Asako Hanafusa

Staff Writer, City News Section, Osaka Headquaters, The Asahi Shimbun

2-3-18 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 530-8211 Japan



Bill SHEEHAN (Flagstaff, AZ)




¤•••••Subject: Fwd: Photo

Received: 10 October 2019 at 06:23 JST


Dear Tomoko and Murakami,

   I was finally able to get to Lowell and took inventory of all the things that have arrived. The mirror is safe, and the large wooden box with the rest of the telescope, as well Masatsugufs beautiful observing notebooks.  All is here, all is safe and will be cared for.

   We put the notebooks into the freezer to process them to preserve them better, and once this is done, I will start going through them carefully and we will put them into folders.  They will be a great resource for students of Mars and I plan to begin studying them myself as the first person in the queue.

   I was amazed that the notes are all in English not Japanese.

   I will send some other images soon.


   With warm regards and thanks,


   Bill Sheehan


Begin forwarded message:


From: Lauren Amundson

Subject: Photo

Date: October 9, 2019 at 10:56:18 AM MST

To: william sheehan



Bill SHEEHAN (Flagstaff, AZ)




¤•••••Subject: Saturn, Oct 7 IR650

Received: 8 October 2019 at 17:30 JST


Hi all, here's an image of Saturn from last night in good seeing. Four separate runs were combined to get this result - you can see that both Tethys and Enceladus are a bit blurred as a result.


The polar hex is visible at top along with a lot of banding and fine structure in the clouds, but no large storms or spots are present.


regards, Anthony







¤•••••Subject: Saturn, Oct 6 R+IR

Received: 7 October 2019 at 07:50 JST


Hi all, some reasonable seeing for a while on Saturn last night, here's an image made by combining 4 separate 90s runs in WinJupos. Several bright and dark features can be seen on the globe. The moon Tethys is visible below Saturn, it is not corrected and so appears blurred.



regards, Anthony






¤•••••Subject: Saturn, Oct 2 R+IR time correction

Received: 3 October 2019 at 14:53 JST


Hi all, here's an image of Saturn from last night in reasonable seeing using a 600nm longpass filter (R+IR).

The polar hexagon is visible, and a dark spot can be seen on Saturn at upper centre.



regards, Anthony






¤•••••Subject: Uranus and satellites 2019.09.29

Received: 1 October 2019 at 03:45 JST



Uranus under acceptable conditions, no visible detail,

North polar area is fuzzy, but I could catch 4 satellites :


Steady skies!


Marc DELCROIX (Tournefeuille, FRANCE)




¤•••••Subject: Fwd: Neptune & Triton 2019.09.28

Received: 30 September 2019 at 15:26 JST



Neptune under average conditions, no details to be noted:

Steady skies,


Marc DELCROIX (Tournefeuille, FRANCE)


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